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Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Pinot Noir 2011

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Wild vineyards seem to love wild vintages. 2011 started with a wet spring, evolved into a foggy summer and continued into a cool harvest season with no heat spikes—and Freestone loved it, giving us skin and seed ripeness without sugar spiking or acid dropping out. With less than 2 tons an acre to ripen, it had no trouble doing so in spectacular fashion. Freestone is once again a standout for the vintage, showing gorgeous black cherry, black plum, thyme and clove on the nose, with the candied blackberry character likening to what Frambois is to raspberry. In the mouth, the wine is broody and dark spice with a lift of creamy red fruit. The juicy cherry/cranberry/blackberry has the perfect sweet/tart balance that we love, and the sweet, substantial tannins, solid structure, and nice acid extends the berry and toffee finish. As always, we love to just sip this wine on its own (who needs food when you have wine like this?), but it would also make an excellent accompaniment to hearty fish like tuna or salmon, as well as meats with a nice herbal rub, or an aged cheddar with a salty bite. 503 cases produced. 95 points, Wine Enthusiast.

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Dutton-Goldfield Winery:
ABOUT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love ... Read more
ABOUT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Steve started working with his father when he was five years old, and joined Dutton Ranch full-time in 1987. Today, along with his mother and brother, he manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley. After graduating from Boston's Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking on the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies. Dan entered the University of California at Davis, graduating with an M.S. in Enology in 1986. He gained knowledge on the job with stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Schramsberg as well as winemaking in Portugal for two years. He found his passion in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, first as the winemaker at the Burgundian-focused La Crema Winery, and then at Hartford Court, which was created under his direction. Dan's appreciation for the beauty of the extraordinary landscape around our home is reflected in his winemaking. THE WINES Pinot Noir is all about eliciting the flavors of the piece of earth from which it comes. We have the privilege of sourcing fruit from a spectacular array of vineyards throughout western Russian River Valley and beyond, many of which Steve and Dan worked together to plant. From our favorite Dutton Ranch parcels, we select the vineyards that will blend together to become a quintessential Russian River pinot. We then choose a few special sites that epitomize their terroir to bottle in limited-production single-vineyard wines. In all our pinots, our goal is to create wines of balance and individuality that speak about their home. The distinctive character of the land truly comes through in wines from the old, cold, dry-farmed chardonnay vineyards of Green Valley. Warren Dutton was the first to plant chardonnay in the coldest areas of the western Russian River in the mid-60s, giving Dutton Ranch a choice collection of vineyards today. From these, we select sites that give us wines with a vibrant citrus core, focused fruit, great richness and solid acidity, even after full barrel and malolactic fermentation. Syrah and Zinfandel express themselves beautifully in our cold part of the world. Our climate gives these wines bright fruit, silky tannins and moderate alcohol. Open top fermentation and aging in the finest French oak enhances their natural suppleness, complexity and balance. Dutton-Goldfield’s mission is to craft world-class wines that display the brightness of fruit, complexity, structure and balance that are reflective of our cool coastal home. Tasting Room open daily, 10am to 4pm Read less

External Reviews for Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/21/2014

This is yet another very successful wine from a cool area in a cool vintage and while "insider geeks" who slavishly chase reduced alcohol wines somehow tend to overlook this winery it is known to the rest of us as a producer of keenly balanced nicely fruited wines from the very western end of the Sonoma coastlands. In this offering the fruit is not surprisingly tilted to the tight side of the spectrum even as it delivers notes of red cherries and a supportive layer of creamy oak. It is firm but not hard on the palate and like its siblings will reward a patient stay in the cellar. Connoisseurs Guide.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This is yet another very successful wine from a cool area in a cool vintage and while



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Wild vineyards seem to love wild vintages. 2011 started with a wet spring, evolved into a foggy summer and continued into a cool harvest season with no heat spikes—and Freestone loved it, giving us skin and seed ripeness without sugar spiking or acid dropping out. With less than 2 tons an acre to ripen, it had no trouble doing so in spectacular fashion. Freestone is once again a standout for the vintage, showing gorgeous black cherry, black plum, thyme and clove on the nose, with the candied blackberry character likening to what Frambois is to raspberry. In the mouth, the wine is broody and dark spice with a lift of creamy red fruit. The juicy cherry/cranberry/blackberry has the perfect sweet/tart balance that we love, and the sweet, substantial tannins, solid structure, and nice acid extends the berry and toffee finish. As always, we love to just sip this wine on its own (who needs food when you have wine like this?), but it would also make an excellent accompaniment to hearty fish like tuna or salmon, as well as meats with a nice herbal rub, or an aged cheddar with a salty bite. 503 cases produced. 95 points, Wine Enthusiast.

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